Current Projects

GCRF Africa Catalyst has entered its second phase and the Academy is currently funding eight projects across sub-Saharan Africa. Please see below for a brief overview of each project. 

 

Federation of African Engineering Organizations (Nigeria) - UK Partner: RedR UK

Project location: Nigeria

This project is designed to strengthen the Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO), a professional engineering body based in Nigeria, so that they can effectively promote the profession, share best practice, and increase local engineering capacity, to help drive development in the country and region.

Founded in 2012, the Federation currently has 26-member countries. In order to better support its members, this project seeks to establish FAEO as an effective and self-sustainable organisation with sufficient staff. FAEO, with the support of RedR UK, will build up its own capacities to contribute to the overall objective and general impact that this project aims to achieve: Professional Engineering Institutes (PEIs) across Africa are better able to work towards international standards of education and accreditation through the support of the FAEO.

 

WomEng (South Africa) - UK Partner: Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership

Project locations: Malawi, Swaziland,Tanzania and Zimbabwe

The aim of this project is to assist engineering bodies in Malawi, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Tanzania set up "women in engineering" chapters within respective engineering bodies, leveraging off WomEng's skills and experience in developing and running women in engineering programs across 13 countries.

WomEng will assist in training and development of body members; this will include leadership and entrepreneurship training, continuous relevance amongst engineering professionals, diversity training and to develop an execution plan of critical programmes pioneered by WomEng, which include high school STEM awareness programs and university employability, entrepreneurship and skills building programs for female engineers. The ultimate goal is to improve the number of registered female engineers in sub-Saharan Africa. 

 

Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers - UK Partner: Engineers for Change (Sierra Leone)

Project locations:Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria

The aim of this project is to upgrade engineering training and practice in Sierra Leone. It has five different project areas:

Part 1 - Young Engineers Corp 2, which looks at developing and further rolling out the “soft” skills development and work placement programme.

Part 2 – Raising standards at USL’s Engineering Faculty, aiming to address the issues around thestandards of the facilities and teaching resources available at Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone (USL).

Part 3 – Attaining international academic accreditation, which involves expanding the Civil and Electrical Engineering degree course content to meet standards for international accreditation.

Part 4 – Improving professional training and developing CPD and supplementary training.

Part 5 – Promoting innovation in research to deliver commercial outcomes.

 

SAICE Professional Development and Projects (South Africa) - UK Partner: The Institution of Structural Engineers

Project locations: South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Madagascar

The intention of this project is to develop an easily customisable web tool that will allow professional bodies to develop their own websites, build up their own databases, advertise and manage events, share news, issue invoice notifications, and generally enhance and grow the services they currently offer. A ‘toolkit’ of options and activities which should be put in place will be made available from which organisations can select to build up their services.

Strengthening engineering networks and facilitating knowledge sharing and best practice will create opportunities for economic development, community and business engagement, leading to new and improved processes, business, opportunities and service delivery.

 

Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers - UK Partner: The Institution of Engineering and Technology 

Project location: Uganda

The objectives of UIPE include promoting the general advancement of the practice of engineering and its applications and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas. UIPE collaborates with universities and institutions on education and training in engineering science and practice.

This project has the following objectives:

a) Increase the services and benefits to members that will lead to more members joining the institution with a particular focus on female engineers, technologists and technicians

b) Promote and strengthen sustainability of capacity building initiatives for professionalism in the engineering sector

c) Support retention of engineering professionals in the engineering industry with a particular focus on female engineers, technologists and technicians

The overall goal of the project is to support UIPE in building capacity and skills of women engineers, technicians and technologists thus equipping them with the skills that can enhance their professionalism thereby contributing to national development. The project will also enable UIPE crystallise lessons and learning into a Diversity and Inclusion Policy for UIPE.

 

Institution of Engineers Rwanda - UK Partner: Engineers Against Poverty

Project location: Rwanda

This project aims to promote the training and development of engineers in Rwanda. The project will support:

- The development of a professional engineering institution that can effectively support and promote professionalism.

- Engineers as direct stakeholders to achieve the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy in Rwanda, with a high standard of professionalism.

- The capacity building of young graduate engineers by bridging the gap between universities or academic institutions and engineering practice through the development and delivery of an internship system. 

 

South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers - UK Partner: Institution of Agricultural Engineers & Harper Adams University

Project locations: South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria

Food, water and energy insecurity are widespread throughout Africa. Technologies to promote food, water and energy security can be developed by Agricultural Engineers, hence there is a significant need to grow the Agricultural Engineering profession in Africa.

The establishment of AfroAgEng will promote and grow the profession of Agricultural Engineering in Africa, which is necessary to provide the skilled human resources and technology for improved and sustainable water supply, food production, food processing, food storage and environmental management. This will promote the food, water and energy security required to meet the growing population, both in Africa and internationally, and thus support the reduction of poverty in rural marginalized societies. The project will also develop a strategy to promote collaboration between agricultural engineering societies and academic institutions in Africa and the UK, and thus provide a platform for joint projects and professional activities in the future.

 

The Nigerian Institution of Mehanical Engineers - UK Partner: Engineers Against Poverty

Project locations: Nigeria, Ghana

The NIMechE Innovation Challenge 2.0 builds on the success of the recently concluded NIMechE Innovation Challenge to deepen and expand the capacity of undergraduates and young mechanical engineers in providing home-grown innovative solutions in agriculture, power supply, renewable energy and automation and to develop an effective system of knowledge sharing, collaboration and internships amongst mechanical engineers in Nigeria and Ghana.

The NIMechE Innovation Challenge 2.0 is a 3-prong development programme dedicated to building the capacity of mechanical engineering students in Nigeria and Ghana through a comprehensive system of targeted learning in engineering development and entrepreneurship.

 

 

Pilot Projects - 2017

From December 2016 until June/July 2017, the Academy supported 15 pilot projects under the GCRF Africa Catalyst. Please see below for a brief overview of each project.

Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO)

This project was focussing on collecting data on women in science, engineering and technology across Nigeria, Rwanda and Malawi. The aim is for the data to be used by local institutes and governments to create strategic plans for national development and create effective legislations to support women in STEM.

Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO)

 

Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineering (EACE)

Strengthening the EACE secretariat by creating a database, evaluating their website, preparing a transformation plan and developing a CPD plan for members. This was to help EACE better support engineers and engineering institutes. As part of the pilot project, EACE also did an assessment on the civil engineering education and reactivate the Consortium of Ethiopian Engineering Professional Associations (CEEPA).

Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineering (EACE)

 

Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE)

Supported female engineers and technologists to enhance the participation and advancement of women in engineering in Uganda. The project was targeted at three levels – women aspiring to chartership, leadership/management roles and entrepreneurs. The support was given through workshops, training, outreach, networking and mentoring.

Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE)

 

Institute of Engineers Rwanda (IER)

This project was working to bridge gaps between higher education institutions and engineering practises by providing mentors & internships for graduates, with the aim to link theory and practise to expand graduates' skill sets and increase opportunities for employment.

Institute of Engineers Rwanda (IER)

 

Nigerian Academy of Engineering

The Nigerian Academy of Engineering was working with accreditation bodies to produce a draft Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (SPEC) for various grades of engineering. This was presenteded during a workshop and piloted at chosen universities across the country, which was asked to review the process.

The long-term ambition is to roll it out across the country and then support other interested countries through FAEO.

Nigerian Academy of Engineering

 

Energy Institute Nigeria

Set up a Graduate Engineering Training Scheme (GETS) to deploy state-of-art technology to stimulate innovation, close the theory-practise gap and empower young professionals to help solve Nigeria’s power problem through sustainable, renewable power sources.

Energy Institute Nigeria

 

Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE)

Established an Annual Engineering Competition in Nigeria, with the aim to develop the potential and strengthen the capacity of the sector. Through the competition, NIMechE is hoping to increase cooperation and collaborative working between engineers across the country, which will help drive development.

Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE)

 

Sierra Leone Institute of Engineers (SLIE)

Developed a framework for training young graduate engineers to enhance their employability by improving the curricula at the University of Sierra Leone, which will make local engineers more attractive to international, as well as national, organisations and companies.

Sierra Leone Institute of Engineers (SLIE)

 

Institute of Engineers Mauritius (IEM)

Awareness raising project, focused on the importance of international standards and accreditation processes for engineering education and training leading engineering professionals to be involved in administration of accreditation. The ultimate goal is to establish a framework for a local accreditation body.

The launch of this project was streamed online: 

Institute of Engineers Mauritius (IEM)

 

Southern African Federation of Engineering Organizations (SAFEO)

Conducted a study of sustainable engineering infrastructure and HR requirements in Zimbabwe & Malawi as well as developed an app to support this research, with the aim of using this scorecard app and roll out the research in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Southern African Federation of Engineering Organizations (SAFEO)

 

Botswana Institute of Engineers (BIE)

The main objective of this project was to implement the recently approved CPD policy through training of professionals for mentoring, developing systems and through seminars and workshops throughout the country.

Botswana Institute of Engineers (BIE)

 

World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO): Committee on Anti-Corruption

Conducted a baseline infrastructure anti-corruption survey in Zambia and Zimbabwe. The aim was to create an anti-corruption index report with recommendations for FAEO and regional PEIs.

World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO): Committee on Anti-Corruption

 

South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE)

This project was led by SAAE, who were assisting the development of institutional arrangements in Swaziland by supporting and capacitating the existing Association of Architects, Engineers and Surveyors (SAAES).

South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE)

 

South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE)

Put in place online training material on SAICE’s portal, focused on procurement and delivery management. During the pilot project the training focused on the NEC3 Engineering, Construction Contracts and the FIDIC Red Book. The online training will be tested in South Africa, but they are looking to move into other countries in the future.

South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE)

 

Engineering Council South Africa (ECSA)/WFEO Capacity Building Committee

Researched the engineering institutional capacity that exists in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia to establish a strategy for future interventions.

Engineering Council South Africa (ECSA)/WFEO Capacity Building Committee